Active path menu navigation system

  • US 7,191,411 B2
  • Filed: 06/06/2002
  • Issued: 03/13/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for navigating within a multi-level hierarchical collapsing menu structure where each level in the menu contains plural items, each said item being at least one of a function, a pointer to a location, and a pointer to another level, said method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a graphical user menu system displaying the items of a given level and enabling selection thereof, wherein access of said given level requires sequential access of each of the levels preceding said given level in the hierarchy;

    automatically constructing an Active Path as a sequence of hierarchical active links as items are selected using the graphical user menu system without the need for any additional interaction with the graphical user system, with one said active link corresponding to each of the items selected, each said active link being independently selectable thereby providing direct access to the hierarchical level from which the corresponding item was selected without the need to navigate using said graphical user menu system; and

    displaying the Active Path as an alternative to the graphical user menu system for navigating the multi-level hierarchical collapsing menu structure after the user has finished selecting items using the graphical user system such that the Active Path is displayed after the multi-level hierarchical collapsing menu structure has collapsed;

    wherein pre-selecting a given active link triggers the display of sibling menu items on the level associated with said given active link without disturbing the displayed Active Path.

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